Thursday, December 11, 2008

Red Velvet Fruit Cake

The fiery red color of this cake was the reason I got fixated on making it from the time I saw it on one of the websites where it was made for Daring Baker's Challenge. I do not remember the website. I then saw it on TV , where it was made by Paula Deen. It was a long time back. But every time, I would forget or keep it for a later time. This time I saw this recipe on Joyofbaking which is my favourite site when it comes to Baking. The author at Joyofbaking explains why this cake is also called Devil's Food cake : "A Red Velvet Cake is really a Devil's Food Cake that has red food coloring added to it. John Mariani tells us in his book "The Dictionary of American Food and Drink" that the name 'Devil's Food Cake' is so called "because it is supposedly so rich and delicious that it must, to a moralist, be somewhat sinful."

I made up my mind and decided that its high time I made this cake. I followed the exact recipe, except for the addition of fruit peel mix to the cake batter and a different recipe for the Frosting. The color of the cake amazed me and the final appearance of the cake , especially after cutting the slice was even more amazing! Of course, my tiny bottle of red color got over after I opened it for the first time after I purchased it, as the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of red color. I used the "safe to use color" brand of food color.

The completed cake was moist. Since I added the rum soaked fruits, the cake was tasting better the next day and the next. If you plan to frost and decorate, the cake needs to be consumed within 2 -3 days of preparing. If you are planning to just make a bright red fruit cake :) , you might want to leave the cake covered in plastic on your kitchen counter top for 5 days, as the taste will increase day by day :)
The amount of cake was a lot, so I found it the perfect time to share it with my neighbours in the apartment :) . You may visit Joyofbaking website for the original recipe

Here goes my version of the recipe:


For the Red Velvet Fruit Cake:

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour (If you don't have cake flour, follow this link which gives an easy way for substituting cake flour )

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons Cocoa powder

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar

Rum soaked fruit peels (the original recipe doesn't call for Fruit peels, but I had a lot of these fruit peels left, hence I decided to use it up. Its optional though)

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons liquid red food coloring

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon baking soda

Sweetened dessicated Coconut for topping

For the Coconut- Cream Cheese frosting:

1 packet (8 oz) (227 grams) (1-8 ounce) Cream cheese at room temperature

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup sweetened dessicated coconut


For the Red Velvet Fruit Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter and flour two same size round cake pans (I used the aluminium foil pie pans (Hefty brand) and line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper (grease the parchment paper too). Set aside.

In a mixing bowl sift together flour (half of the flour), baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

Beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes)(I used my hand, you may use a electric mixer, hand mixer). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Mix the buttermilk with the red food coloring. Using your hand, or with the mixer on low speed, Alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

Combine the rest half of the flour with the fruit peels, toss them lightly until well coated (This helps the even distribution of the fruit peels in the cake batter) and mix it with the cake batter.

The next 2 steps requires some fastness:

1) In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.

2) Working quickly, divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops with the back of a spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Then invert the cake and place each cake in a different plate and cover the cake with plastic and refrigerate at least for 2 hours. This is to help frost the cake layers better when it is cool. I frosted the cakes the next day.

For the Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat the butter and Cream Cheese until well combines and soft. Then add the sugar and combine well until fluffy. Add the coconut. Mix well.

Assembling the cake:

First cut each cake layer further into two horizontally, with a knife. Now you will have 4 cake layers.

In a serving plate, place parchment paper to cover the top of the plate. This is to ensure a clean appearance of the cake in the serving plate without the mess of the frosting as the parchment paper can be removed once the cake is frosted and decorated.

Then place one cake of the cake layer, top of the cake facing down, on the serving plate. Frost the cake's top surface with the frosting. Then add another cake layer in the same way on top of frosted cake and continue frosting this cake (meanwhile lightly frost the sides of the cake too with the excess frosting on the top)

Repeat the above process for the rest of the layers until all the layers are frosted and stacked. Frost the sides of the cake if they are not properly frosted.

Cover the cake with sweetened coconut.

This makes a 4 layer cake.

Slice and serve.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas in advance and Happy holidays !!

I am sending this to:

JZ's Santa's Holiday Challenge Event

My Kitchen Treasures's Homemade Christmas Gift Event

Purva Daawat's Christmas Feast Event

Maninas's Eating with the seasons: December event

I am also sending this to (Food In Color)FIC-WHITE event started by Sunshinemom of ToungueTicklers and hosted by Yummy Food .


Anonymous said...

Oh my!!! What a beauty, dear Roopa!! Thanks for sending this to my event...Above all, thanks for inspiring me to try this one sometime soon! ;-)

Cham said...

OMG What a festive look, excellent choice for the season Roopa!

Happy cook said...

Oh la la that red cake look so festive, fabulous and delicious.
I have been wanting to make a red cake, till now have not done.
Thankyou for sending this to my event.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Yummylicious, tempting, alluring, sinful, delightful and awesome cake. I love the deco. Wish i was your neighbour.

ranji said...

YUMMILICIOUS!!!what an amzing and colorful layered cake roopa..very professionally done...this one has motivated me too to try out a layered cake :) it ...

Divya Kudua said...

Such a lovely looking cake Roopa..perfect for Xmas..and it looks so professional with all those layers..I love the lovely red colour and the contrasting white frosting!!

Premyscakes said...

good choice for santa. red velvet cake looks better than mine.

Curry Leaf said...

WOW & WOW & WOW,pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaasssssee pass it over- atleast a small slice.It looks perfect for Christmas and verrrrrrrrrrrryyyy verrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy PROFESSIONAL

Vishali said...

hey Roopa,

what a wonderful Fruit cake....
I must say you did it with a lot of patience...a very good one..

happy holidays..


kripa said...

This to me is an absolute winner of all the cakes you baked!!! If i were a child I would have thrown tantrums saying 'I want this cake right now.. I want this cake right now' :) I cannot turn my thoughts away from this cake!

Cynthia said...

Your cake is such a celebration!

anudivya said...

That is gorgeous! I wish I was your neighbor! he he he.

Roopa said...

Hi friends, thank you all so much, I wish each one of you were my neighbor, I would have been so glad to share it with you :)

SriLekha said...

wow! that looks delicious!
pics are so tempting!
first time to ur blog and it is so good!
do visit my blog when u find time!
join in the "sweet" event going in my blog!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

oh my god! look at that cake.. looks too good roopa. i like your blog very much. wonderful recipes. adding u to my blogroll :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

With pleasure you can send it dear.

sowmya said...

wow..the cake is so beautiful..and fantastic presentation going to try it sometime..bookmarking it..

Bharathy said...

ahhh...that was SOME REAL post, girl :)
have never seen a red coloured beauty...awesome!!..
yeah try baking Paula deens cookies too...they are soo easy and quite yummy too :)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. really excellant.. looks perfect & mouthwatering... Innovative recipies...

Jaishree said...

First time to ur blog and it is so good!OMG!Such a lovely looking cake Roopa..awesome!! are so tempting!

Pavithra Kodical said...

Hi roopa..first time here..nice blog..yummy cake..

Anonymous said...

I have heard that red velvet is really complicated to make, I have been so skeptical about trying it.

You are quite a baker!! this looks so amazing!

Yasmeen said...

delectable cake,love the coconut topping:)

DEESHA said...

that looks soo cute .. must say its delicious

Tina said...

Hi roopa,
im also from kerela...nice to c velvet fruit cake looks sooooooo yummy....adutharunnel..oru arakkai nokamarunnu..but wht to doooo???

G.Pavani said...

ooh..looking superab and great yaar...i loved it very much

Uj said...

Looks very very pretty. I am scared to bake anything! I am pretty bad in this field!

Roopa said...

Thank you so much dear friends, I will try to post more of these :) Thank you for your feedback :)

Seena said...

Plan to send this to me.. ? :)

AnuSriram said...

Wow... What a wonderful colour! Nice and delicious!

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..What am I seeing here..too too good Roopa..I can never put this much effort..:p..Guess I should have been here long back.
Thanx for visiting,commeting and following.Hope to see you around..:)

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Hi Roopa,
I am a first timer. I love Velvet cake. What you did is really tempting to eat. Keep it going.

Please visit my blog. I am a new blogger

ras said...

Nice one,,, where did u buy that spatula.. :-)) cute..

SriLekha said...

join in the savories event going in my blog!

Andhra Flavors said...

Wow what wonderful red cake. looks delicious.

Marina said...

Oh my god...what a cake, it looks so yummy....I am going to try this out....

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Nice cake... good visual impact.
I would also like to wish you Merry Christmas and wonderful ushering into new year 2009.

Usha said...

Pretty and lovely cake, awesome...happy new year to you and your family, have a wonderful 2009:-)

Noor said...

Oh this cake looks so good mashAllah. I love red velvet cakes, I made one for my husbands bday a few years ago. I change them every year though :). I love your site, so glad I found it..

Roopa said...

Thank you all so much for your kind and inspiring comments :) I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and wish you all a proseprous New Year !

sunshinemom said...

What a tasty looking cake!! Wish you a happy new year:)

Marina said...

Wow.........what a yummy cake....I am going to try this out......

Roopa said...

Sunshinemom, Thanks you so much and Wish you and your family a Very Happy New Year!

Marina, Thank you dear:) yes do let me know how it turned out for you :) its pretty easy.

Lavanya said...

wow..nice blog roopa..amazing velvet cake..mind blowing :)

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